1. Isaacs, Susan. As Husbands Go.
Astonished when her seemingly devoted husband is found murdered in a prostitute’s apartment, Susie, a mother of 4-year-old triplets, bristles at her neighbors’ mixed reactions and tackles everyone from her husband’s partners to the DA to restore her family’s honor. By the author of Past Perfect.
2. Jacobson, Howard. The Finkler Question.
Julian Treslove, a radio producer, and Samuel Finkler, a Jewish philosopher, have been friends since childhood and, as they enter middle age, they reminisce over their struggles with self-identity, anti-Semitism, women, love, and the past.
Note: The narration in this book is intellectually reflective with lots of insecurity, character development, and wit. The themes and tone remind me a lot of Philip Roth. It’s also heavy on identity politics and the Israeli-Palestinian “question.”
3. Morton, Kate. Forgotten Garden.
Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she grows up that she is not their child, a situation that causes her to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.
The author, surviving a childhood of violence and abuse, shares her journey as a homeless person, ashamed and terrified at first, but then awestruck by the extraordinary people she connected with whose stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.
Note: The first third of this book delves intensely into Karp’s early memories of being sexually abused by her biological father and her stormily dysfunctional relationship with her religious mother and stepfather. If that doesn’t appeal to your club readers, they might still want to soldier through it. Karp’s experience as a young, independent, professionally groomed, educated homeless person is really revealing and may alter readers’ views of homelessness, the people it affects, and perhaps some of the policy implications.
5. Smiley, Jane. Private Life.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres: the powerful and deeply affecting story of one woman’s life, from post Civil-War Missouri to California in the midst of World War II.
6. Donoghue, Emma. Room. [Two kits]
A 5-year-old narrates a riveting story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager. Includes reading-group guide.
7. De Rosnay, Tatiana. Sarah’s Key. [Two kits]
On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.
Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, 70-year-old Percy haplessly allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to reexamine the choices he made in the decades after his wife’s death.
Note: I found this book wry and affecting with clever satire of contemporary society as a backdrop to family struggles between different generations over the decades. If your book group likes someone like Jonathan Franzen they might go for it.
July 26, 2011
Another two boxes of advance reader copies have arrived and I’m happy to share to first responders among Sno-Isle staff. Here’s what’s on offer today:
Alice Hoffman: The Dovekeepers. Her latest follows the lives of four women during the Roman siege of Masada.
Deborah Lawrenson: The Lantern. This is a first novel and it’s worth the less-than-lyrical writing. Stick with it until the very end and you’ll be reminded of Rebecca but with better food and wine because you’re in France.
Terry Pratchett: Snuff. This is volume 39 of Discworld. That’s Sir Terry to you.
Rebecca Coleman: Kingdom of Childhood. Lots of buzz on this one – kindergarten teacher has an affair with a 16-year-old student. The cover is fairly steaming…
posted by nancy
July 26, 2011
A recent survey by Reading Group Choices found 25% of reading group members are using ebooks. The actual number surprises me, but really it makes perfect sense. With an ebook, you can easily bookmark passages and find locations in the text. Some applications even let you share your ebooks with a friend. On the other hand, personally I find it more difficult to take in a heady novel in electronic form, but that may be subtle psychological resistance.
In spite of this trend, the Sno-Isle Foundation continues to invest in print book kits to support these time-honored, intimate communities of ideas. Below is a list of items ordered in the past several months. The titles in red are coming soon. The others should already be in the reservation system on Sno-Isle’s web page.
The Reader’s Advisory Team meets quarterly and chooses titles from a list of suggestions from team members and a variety of sources. Factors considered include availability of a suitable trade paperback edition of the book, availability of good discussion questions from the publisher or web sites, sustained popularity, availability of other formats such as large print or audio, and a balance of different genres, styles, and perspectives. Soon I’ll also post a list of what we are about to order now for fall. I welcome suggestions for the team to consider, especially from your active discussion groups.
Posted by Darren
|100 Thing Challenge, The||Bruno, Dave|
|Big Burn, The||Egan, Timonthy|
|Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen||McDougall, Christopher|
|Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter||Franklin, Tom|
|Dark Places||Flynn, Gillian|
|Eating Animals||Foer, Jonathan Safran|
|Father of the Rain||King, Lily|
|Gate at the Stairs, A||Moore, Lorrie|
|Girl Who Fell from the Sky, The||Durrow, Heidi|
|Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel||Walls, Jeannette|
|Help, The||Stockett, Kathryn|
|Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, A||Wizenberg, Molly|
|Homer & Langley||Doctorow, E. L.|
|Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The||Skloot, Rebecca|
|Invisible Bridge, The||Orringer, Julie|
|Last Time I Saw You, The||Berg, Elizabeth|
|Little Bee||Cleave, Chris|
|Lotus Eaters, The||Soli, Tatjana|
|Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand||Simonson, Helen|
|My Life As an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living As a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests||Jacobs, A. J.|
|Other Wes Moore, The||Moore, Wes|
|Secrets of Eden||Bohjalian, Christopher|
|Shadow of the Wind||Ruiz Zafon, Carlos|
|Sweetness of Tears: A Novel, The||Haji, Nafisa|
|Visit from the Goon Squad, A||Egan, Jennifer|
July 25, 2011
The Eisner Awards were announced at Comic-Con on Friday night. There are many categories for awards. Some of the major awards are:
Best Graphic Novel – new – Tie
Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee
Wilson by Daniel Clowes
Best Continuing Series
Chew by John Layman
Best Limited Series
Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Best New Series
American vampire by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque and David McCaig
For more winners, Eisner Awards .
Sno-Isle owns many of the titles. I am glad to see Daytripper on the list since it was one of my favorites of the year. I am currently engrossed in the series Naoki Urosawa’s 20th century boys which won Best U.S. Edition of International Materials – Asia.
Posted by Becky
July 21, 2011
From today’s Publisher’s Weekly:
All major adult print segments–hardcover, paperback and mass market–showed a decline in sales in May, according to the AAP’s monthly sales report. While e-books showed a steep uptick of 146.9% for the month, bringing in $73.4 million in sales, adult hardcovers dropped 38.2%, adult paperbacks dropped 14.3%, and adult mass market fell 39.4%. For the calendar year, e-books brought in $389.7 million in sales, a 160.1% climb over the same period 2010.
Are print sales down because libraries are the suppliers?
posted by Nancy, who is working on a big file of RINC requests for adult fiction this morning
July 20, 2011
It’s a first novel and expected to do well, film rights are already sold. Le Cirque des Reves is a magical company hiding a fierce competition between two young magicians who play out the rivalry of their instructors. When love enters the game, who wins and who loses? Pub date is set for 9/13/11.
Be the first to respond to this post and you’ll be the first on your block to have a brand, spanking-new ARC.
posted by Nancy
July 19, 2011
July 15, 2011
One of the hotly touted memoirs scheduled for fall publication is The Orchard, by Theresa Weir. At the age of 21, city girl Weir marries a farmer and takes up life on an apple orchard. Rejected by her husband’s family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll. The publisher calls the book this generation’s Silent Spring. Want an advance reader copy? Be the first to respond to this post.
Posted by Nancy